Review: LG K10 LTE is a Good Phone, Suffering From Bad Positioning

LG’s Made in India K10 LTE looks promises but fails to deliver on the price it commands. Read the full review.

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LG K10 LTE is produced under the brand’s ‘Make in India’ plan (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)

After feature phones and flagship devices, LG has forayed into the highly-competitive and crowded mid-segment smartphone market. The LG K10 is the brand’s 4G LTE device, priced at Rs 13,500. Does it manage to impress? Read on.

Snapshot

Pros

  • Premium design and looks
  • Decent camera
  • Battery life

Cons

  • Old processor
  • Scratch-prone display
  • High price

What’s Good?

The smartphone looks incredibly good, with its curved glass display, textured back cover, and a really slim design. The phone is lightweight and feels comfortable in the hands. The slimness is also because of the fact that there are no buttons on the sides. It carries the LG trademark design of power and volume buttons below the rear camera lens.

LG K10 LTE (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
LG K10 LTE (Photo: The Quint)

The K10 LTE features a 5.3-inch HD display which looks bright and clear, and it carries forward the ‘premium’ feel of the device. The phone runs on Android 5 Lollipop, with a custom LG UI, allowing for increased customisation options.

LG K10 LTE (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
LG K10 LTE (Photo: The Quint)

The 2,300 mAh removable battery lasted comfortably through a day of moderate usage. The smartphones comes with 16 GB of on-board, which can be upgraded to 32 GB via a microSD card.

LG K10 LTE (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
LG K10 LTE (Photo: The Quint)

A 13 megapixel shooter at the back performs well in ample daylight, and the 5 megapixel selfie camera works decently if the light is generous. Cut out light, and you get grains. What’s more disappointing is that you don’t get either HDR or the panorama mode.

What’s Bad?

A lot of ground to cover here. The LG K10 LTE, though it looks like a decent offering, doesn’t keep up technically. The smartphone features a very dated Snapdragon 410 processor. Smartphones under the Rs 10,000 bracket are nowadays shipping with the newer Snapdragon 615.

LG K10 LTE (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
LG K10 LTE (Photo: The Quint)

What’s more heart-breaking is the fact that the screen can break too. Yes. there’s no Gorilla Glass protection, and our review unit came with a tacky screen-guard.

LG K10 LTE (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
LG K10 LTE (Photo: The Quint)

Why Buy It?

That’s the question. With a slew of other devices in the similar range, but better specifications – camera, protective glass, better processor – why buy the LG K10 LTE? A Moto G, or a Xiaomi Mi4i would do the trick in this price range.

LG K10 LTE (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
LG K10 LTE (Photo: The Quint)

The phone banks heavily on its VoLTE technology, and premium design. But only if looks could kill.

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